COLLEGE STATION, Texas--The defending Big 12 Champion Texas A&M baseball team will play 39 games at Olsen Field in 2008, including a 20-game homestand to start the year, head coach Rob Childress announced Monday.
Half of the Aggies' games in 2008 will be played against teams who made the NCAA Tournament in 2007, including Ohio State, Arkansas, Rutgers, Oklahoma State, Rice, Baylor, Missouri, TCU, Sam Houston State, Nebraska and Texas. All but seven of A&M's opponents return to the diamond off winning seasons.
"We feel that we've put together another very challenging schedule, and we're excited about that," head coach Rob Childress said. "Playing five games a week for the first month of the season will give us a great look at our team and will prepare us for Big 12 play and beyond. We will have to come ready to play every single night, and we plan on doing that."
Opening day is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 22 when the Aggies begin a four-game series with Northern Colorado, which kicks off the season-opening homestand that continues through March 18.
This year's Domino's Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic takes place Feb. 29-March 2 and will feature a strong field, including a return trip to College Station by Ohio State after last year's NCAA Regional appearance, along with Louisiana Tech and '07 national top-8 seed Arkansas.
Other teams making early trips to Olsen are McNeese State, Nicholls State, Centenary and Big East Tournament Champion Rutgers, who will face the Aggies in a weekend set March 7-9. Texas A&M opens Big 12 play at home on Friday, March 14 against Texas Tech.
In league action A&M will host Kansas State, Oklahoma and Missouri, travel to Oklahoma State, Kansas and Nebraska, and play split-series with Baylor and Texas.
"The Big 12 always offers up a very strong and rugged schedule," Childress said. "It's not only nice to have five home series this year, but to also be able to start the road to a championship at Olsen will be an advantage. The bottom line, though, is you have to get it done on the field--whether or not it's in your own backyard."
Fans around the state will have an opportunity to see Texas A&M in action as the Aggies will play games in San Antonio (March 25 vs. UTSA), Houston (April 8 at Houston), Dallas/Fort Worth (April 29 at TCU and May 13 at UTA), and Huntsville (May 6 at Sam Houston State), in addition to the annual trips to Austin and Waco.
The final two games of the series with the Longhorns will close the regular season on May 17-18, after which the Aggies will look to defend their Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship May 21-25 at Oklahoma City's AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. The NCAA Tournament opens on May 30 with the 62nd annual College World Series set for June 13-23 in Omaha.
Texas A&M returns 17 letterwinners, six position starters and two starting pitchers from a 2007 squad that went 48-19 and claimed the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City and the NCAA College Station Regional crown.
The Aggies are currently in the midst of fall workouts, which will conclude with the annual Fall World Series Oct. 12-15. All practices are open to the public.
February 22 Fri. NORTHERN COLORADO COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
23 Sat. NORTHERN COLORADO (DH) COLLEGE STATION 1:00 PM
24 Sun. NORTHERN COLORADO COLLEGE STATION 1:00 PM
26 Tue. McNEESE STATE COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
27 Wed. McNEESE STATE COLLEGE STATION 3:00 PM
Domino’s Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic, Olsen Field
29 Fri. ! OHIO STATE COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
March 1 Sat. ! ARKANSAS COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
2 Sun. ! LOUISIANA TECH COLLEGE STATION 4:00 PM
4 Tue. NICHOLLS STATE COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
5 Wed. NICHOLLS STATE COLLEGE STATION 3:00 PM
7 Fri. RUTGERS COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
8 Sat. RUTGERS COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
9 Sun. RUTGERS COLLEGE STATION 1:00 PM
11 Tue. CENTENARY COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
12 Wed. CENTENARY COLLEGE STATION 3:00 PM
14 Fri. * TEXAS TECH COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
15 Sat. * TEXAS TECH COLLEGE STATION 2:00 PM
16 Sun. * TEXAS TECH COLLEGE STATION 1:00 PM
18 Tue. TEXAS-ARLINGTON COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
21 Fri. * at Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. (Allie P. Reynolds Stadium) TBA
22 Sat. * at Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. (Allie P. Reynolds Stadium) TBA
23 Sun. * at Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. (Allie P. Reynolds Stadium) TBA
25 Tue. vs. Texas-San Antonio San Antonio, Texas (Wolff Stadium) 6:00 PM
28 Fri. * at Kansas Lawrence, Kan. (Hoglund Ballpark) 7:00 PM
29 Sat. * at Kansas Lawrence, Kan. (Hoglund Ballpark) 6:00 PM
30 Sun. * at Kansas Lawrence, Kan. (Hoglund Ballpark) 1:00 PM
April 1 Tue. STEPHEN F. AUSTIN COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
2 Wed. STEPHEN F. AUSTIN COLLEGE STATION 3:00 PM
4 Fri. * KANSAS STATE COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
5 Sat. * KANSAS STATE COLLEGE STATION 2:00 PM
6 Sun. * KANSAS STATE COLLEGE STATION 1:00 PM
8 Tue. at Houston Houston, Texas (Cougar Field) 6:30 PM
11 Fri. * OKLAHOMA COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
12 Sat. * OKLAHOMA COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
13 Sun. * OKLAHOMA COLLEGE STATION 1:00 PM
15 Tue. RICE COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
18 Fri. * BAYLOR COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
19 Sat. * at Baylor Waco, Texas (Baylor Ballpark) 6:00 PM
20 Sun. * at Baylor Waco, Texas (Baylor Ballpark) 2:00 PM
22 Tue. TEXAS STATE COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
25 Fri. * MISSOURI COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
26 Sat. * MISSOURI COLLEGE STATION 2:00 PM
27 Sun. * MISSOURI COLLEGE STATION 1:00 PM
29 Tue. at TCU Fort Worth, Texas (Lupton Stadium) 7:00 PM
May 1 Thu. DALLAS BAPTIST COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
2 Fri. DALLAS BAPTIST COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
3 Sat. DALLAS BAPTIST COLLEGE STATION 2:00 PM
6 Tue. at Sam Houston State Huntsville, Texas (Bearkat Baseball Stadium) 6:30 PM
9 Fri. * at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. (Haymarket Park) 6:35 PM
10 Sat. * at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. (Haymarket Park) 2:05 PM
11 Sun. * at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. (Haymarket Park) 1:05 PM
13 Tue. at Texas-Arlington Arlington, Texas (Clay Gould Ballpark) 6:30 PM
16 Fri. * at Texas (State Farm Lone Star Showdown) Austin, Texas (UFCU Disch-Falk Field) 6:05 PM
17 Sat. * TEXAS (State Farm Lone Star Showdown) COLLEGE STATION 6:30 PM
18 Sun. * TEXAS (State Farm Lone Star Showdown) COLLEGE STATION 1:00 PM
21-25 Wed-Sun. at Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Oklahoma City, Okla. (AT&T Bricktown Ballpark)
30-2 Fri-Mon. NCAA Regionals Campus Sites TBD
June 6-9 Fri-Mon. NCAA Super Regionals Campus Sites TBD
13-23 Fri-Mon. College World Series Omaha, Neb. (Rosenblatt Stadium)
HOME GAMES IN BOLD and played at C.E. “Pat” Olsen Field (7,053). * Denotes Big 12 Conference game.
All times Central and dates and times are subject to change. Check aggieathletics.com for latest game dates and times.